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 Justice Systems Matter for Development 


A justice system comprises institutions concerned with the peaceful resolution of breaches of law or disputes over citizen rights and obligations. People in all communities aspire to living in a fair society in which power is not exercised arbitrarily and where basic rights are respected. Justice institutions are important in determining the extent to which these societal expectations are realized, including expectations that laws are effectively implemented; and that justice services and processes are fair and accessible to all. :: More  




Court Automation Survey

In an attempt to gather reliable information about the extent to which courts of justice are effectively using information technology for case management, a group of World Bank experts has developed the Court Automation Survey. Using the Survey Monkey online surveying tool, the survey is aimed at gathering information about court automation in such areas as e-filing, document production, virtual court files, the production of automated case statistics and e-publishing of court decisions. The survey is an initiative of JustPAL – the Justice Peer Assisted Learning Network for Europe and Central Asia, which is sponsored by the World Bank :: More 


Azerbaijan Judicial Modernization Project

A s Azerbaijan modernizes its judicial processes, facilities, infrastructure and human capital, the World Bank-financed Azerbaijan Judicial Modernization Project (JMP), approved in 2006, is assisting the judiciary to achieve incremental improvements in efficiency, citizen information and its ability to handle future demand. Financed by two IDA Credits, an IBRD Loan, a Policy and Human Resource Development (PHRD) Grant from Japan and a significant government contribution, the project cost amounts to more than $85 million. :: More 


Bringing Justice to Health Services: The Role of Sierra Leone’s Community Paralegals

The Sierra Leone government provides free health care to pregnant and breast-feeding women, and children under five. Community paralegals are helping to improve health care service delivery by holding the government accountable for breakdowns in the system that lead to absent nurses, improper use fees and “leakage” of drugs.
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Access to justice: A Development Challenge In India?

What does a parent from one of India’s historically marginalized castes do when his child is not allowed to sit with others in class? Or, if during the mid-day meal at school, his dishes are kept separate from others? Whom does a young mother turn to when a health worker refuses to enter her house?
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Arid Lands Kenya

Towards justice in development
Law and justice play a fundamental role in development processes. In rich and poor countries alike, regulations and rule systems—consisting of a complex web of formal institutions, informal arrangements and hybrid social norms—shape everything from education, land use and agriculture to labor standards, market exchange and everyday social interactions.
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Last updated: 2012-03-19

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